Posts Tagged ‘MBQI’


The American Royal Did What???

May 17, 2015

CCKC's Midwest Barbeque InstituteYep, the American Royal moved to Arrowhead Stadium from its home of 36 years in the West Bottoms.  And you know what that means?  Our Midwest BBQ Institute will STILL be offering our annual “Weekend in the Inner Sanctum of a Competition BBQ Team” Class!  (Folks, we have ‘placed” every year. We mean business!)

We realize that summer hasn’t even officially begun, but that hasn’t stopped us from opening up registration for this limited-enrollment experience that is your chance to not only learn how to compete in the World Series of BBQ but also to get a “real deal” behind-the-scenes experience to grill with the pros… including an American Royal Grand Champion!  This is a priceless opportunity, but, well… we’ve put a price on it. We have just 12 openings – grab your spot NOW!

In our Inner Sanctum class, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2 – 4, you’ll experience a hands-on, up-close-and-personal full weekend of BBQ with the masters themselves. (This team, including professional chef and 30+year BBQ Pit Master Chef Richard McPeake and Culinary Instructor and Food-and-Beverage Guy’ Bruce Campbell, placed 8th in BBQ Sides and 9th in BBQ Pork last year – they know what they’re doing!)

These guys will take you step-by-step through the entire American Royal contest process. You’ll learn the ins and outs of prep and trimming of meats, fire building and maintenance, entry presentations, judging activities, etc. You can stay all night, if you dare!

Click here to grab your spot at the grill today!


BBQ, Wine & Musical Fruit?!

May 14, 2015

MBQIYep, It’s Nat’l BBQ Month!

Come help us celebrate this Friday in
Downtown Overland Park
at our 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE event!

Friday May 15, 2015
5:00-8:30 p.m.

FREE  BBQ TASTINGS!  Bruce Campbell, BBQ expert and culinary instructor extraordinaire will be manning the grill out in front of The Culinary Center with some great BBQ education… and some tastings that will make you wanna slap your momma!

FREE WINE TASTINGS! AS USUAL!   Our LOCAL LIFE  event at The Culinary Center wouldn’t be complete without some wine tasting, now, would it?!  Step into our Santa Fe Kitchen to see what the folks at Handcrafted Wine and Spirits have for you to try this month.

FREE MUSICAL FRUIT CONCERT! (What??) Dave Cedillo and the musical fruit & veggie stylings of Beep Goes The Weasel will join us again this month. You won’t believe the sounds that come from this produce! Give it a try yourself – Dave will show you how.

And don’t miss out on the events offered by other downtown Overland Park merchants and restaurants on Friday. There are so many specials and discounts and samples and happenings to enjoy! Click on the image below to get a listing.

Eat, Drink & Shop LOCAL
in Downtown Overland Park

May Local Life activities in downtown Overland Park


3 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Us….

April 20, 2015

Yes, we do cooking classes. But we do SO MUCH MORE!
Here is just a taste (pun intended) of some other things we specialize in!

  • All Hands for Hunger™
    An Interactive Cooking Event with a Community Service Purpose

    In February, Commerce Bank brought in more than 100 people and took their corporate teambuilding to a whole new level with our All Hands for Hunger™ program. They created a freezer full of food (684 servings) for Ronald McDonald House. Then they celebrated their good deed and dined around the table together.
  • Private Cooking Classes
    Over the coming months, we will be hosting a series of private cooking classes for Wounded Warrior Project as part of their wellness program to promote healthy living for veterans and their families. We will be covering topics from Basic Healthy Cooking to Backyard Healthy Grilling.
  • Customized Private Events
    Marketing Execs were in our kitchen recently for a customized KC immersion event where we took them on a “Tour de BBQ” conducted by our own Chef Richard McPeake, Educator of Que.  We learned about (and tasted!)  all the styles of BBQ that can be found in KC, the melting pot of BBQ styles, including delicious BBQ from our very own in-house Midwest Barbeque Institute™.

And the list goes on…

Call us if you’d like to discuss creating a private event for your group.  Contact us @ or 913.341.4455


Wanna Cook Like A Pro? …Then Learn From One!

February 19, 2015

Richard McPeakeMeet Professional Chef Richard McPeake, who teaches our wildly popular 9-week Pro-Series class starting this Tuesday.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Chef McPeake has 30+ years of  experience as a professional chef and has been commanding classes here at The Culinary Center for more than 16 of them.   Yes, friends, he knows his way around a kitchen… especially a teaching kitchen!

If you think you’re ready for a culinary challenge – and you’re giddy at the thought of wearing a chef coat to class each week – register today and reserve your seat in Richard’s class today.

Special Delia’s Delicious Deal discount
being offered until Monday at 9 a.m. –
to our Pro Series I starting Tuesday, February 24!


Designed after a typical first year of chef training, this 9-week course meeting Tuesdays starting February 24 will take your cooking skills to a whole new level.  As part of your registration fee, you will receive a piece of our new Pro Series Cookware line – a 10″ stainless steel sauté pan to boot!  This class will not be offered again until fall.

Haven’t you always said you wanted to learn how to cook … or to learn to cook better?  What are you waiting for?!

Click here for more information about the Pro Series I culinary series at The Culinary Center.



December 27, 2014
Oct 7, 2014

The American Royal was a blast. Our MBQI team received two “calls” (top 10 – a/k/a American Royal Ribbons).

9th in Side Dish – Beans

8th in Pork

This is a HUGE deal, folks.  There were 563 teams and we beat out some of the best and brightest.  Kudos to Bruce and Richard for kicking some BBQ butt, as usual.  It was a lot of time and talent invested in making this a success.  Kansas City is THE place for BBQ as you know, and we were right there in the thick of it…. AND placed.

Here are a few photos from the weekend.  The two guys with me in the final picture do NOT represent one of my recent dating escapades….. J  But rather our two chefs from Scotland who traveled here just to attend our Inner Sanctum class.  Aye, it was a good time by all.

Be sure and congratulate Bruce and Richard, ok?





Planked Pears with Gorgonzola

October 23, 2010

Check out the fruity cheesy goodness from the Educator of ‘Que Chef Richard McPeake!

  • Planked Pears with Gorgonzola
  • Enough for 6 people
  • 3 Pears, ripe but firm, peeled, cut in half, cored
  • 3 TB. Butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup  Gorgonzola, crumbled

Special Tip: This is only one recipe for planked fruit. Seasonal fruits are excellent when planked and matched with cheeses.

Great served with an excellent port!

Peel and cut the pears in half and core the center. Thinly slice the pears to within about 1 inch of the top for a fanned appearance. (Pears can be pre-grilled if desired for a sweeter flavor.)

After soaking the planks, place on the hot fire and grill until the plank starts to crackle. Flip the plank over and place the fanned pears on the planks. Continue to grill until the plank starts to crackle again, then move from the direct fire to an indirect heat source. Add to the pears the crumbled Gorgonzola and allow to slowly melt on top of the pears. Close the lid of the grill, plank roast until pears are tender but not soft.

Approximated Grilling Time: 10-12 minutes


Still Basking in the Que…

October 7, 2010
I can still taste the smoke from the American Royal!!!

Three glorious days of smoking, grilling, and partying at the biggest BBQ bash in the world have given me a whole new perspective on BBQ…  The Midwest BBQ Institute here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City competed in the American Royal BBQ Contest for the very first time on October 1st – 3rd and I was lucky to be able to spend all weekend with the team!!!  It’s true one of the perks to this job is that I get to hang out with the very best BBQ’rs learn, cook, throw parties, and of course… I get to eat the BBQ!!!  We had a killer weekend, but here are the highlights!

On Friday we went to the contest first thing to pitch our tent, put up our pig chef poles (did you see that picture in the Kansas City Star folks???), and get dinner on the fire.  We also welcomed our BBQ Inner Sanctum … four awesome new friends who took the whole weekend as a class!  (Jealous? There’s always next year!)  We all got right to work for our Smokin’ Schoolhouse party… and a smokin’ party it was.  We had fantastic live music provided by none other than the Manager of Merriment herself Maria Dickson and her swingin’ jazz quartet, amazing Sister Mary’s Bloody Knuckle Cracker cocktails at the bar, and dancing and reveling shortly ensued.  The food, have I mentioned the food yet at the party? Well… let’s just say none of the other tents were sporting smoked brie en croute and chocolate chip cookies with bacon!

Now let’s talk about the contest, I’m not sure what I expected… but Saturday and Sunday were amazing!  Saturday morning when I came in, the team was already up, full of breakfast, and working on the competition sides and dessert.  Let me tell you Matt’s squash side dish was INCREDIBLE, and the beans? Well let’s just say I’d take Bruce’s classes just for that recipe alone!  The most exciting bit is the turn in though, a rush to the judges in the tiny time window allowed for turn in, hoping you don’t drop the box, hoping no one knocks you over, hoping the klutz gene stays dormant just for this one day… whew, all turned in without a hitch… that was a rush!

Saturday night was my favorite moment of the entire weekend… we all took an evening to relax. We lit candles, The Main Dish set a beautiful table and made her famous spinach salad, Chef Matt grilled up steaks the Flintstones could have been proud of, and we drained several bottles of very nice wine.  That moment where we all came together, looked around at all of our hard work, our new friends, our old friends, and just enjoyed the evening was the highlight for me.  Those moments are the reason I love cooking.

Sunday was the main event, the meats! Well let me tell you how much I did NOT know about competition BBQ.  The brisket the team turned out was unlike any brisket I’ve ever eaten… seriously, I almost didn’t believe it could possibly be the same cut of beef.  The ribs? Well, the taste of that rib lingered in my mouth for at least an hour… I avoided gum, I avoided getting a glass of water, it was THAT good.  I also watched the MBQI team work like a well oiled BBQ machine. Chef Richard is so very delicate in the kitchen, when he’s there in his element he’s something like a very fine pianist, the kind that makes you want to stare at his fingers in amazement while he plays.

Are you drooling yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got tons of MBQI classes coming up soon you can get in on and I know one thing is for sure… get ready because we’re going back to the American Royal next year!


Rachel Ciordas

“Dean of Deliciousness”
Manager of Culinary Curriculum




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